Drinking Studies Network

The Drinking Studies Network is an interdisciplinary and international research group that connects scholars working on drink and drinking culture across different societies and time periods.

Founded in 2010 – initially as the Warwick Drinking Studies Network – we have since grown to have over 350 members (Network Members) from around the world. We act as a point of contact for anyone with an interest in the role of alcohol in any society, past or present, and we provide our members with news and updates about significant events in the field of drinking studies via our mailing list and twitter account. We also routinely organise our own events (Past Events and Future Events) and publications (Publications). In 2015, we introduced a number of ‘Research Clusters’ within the network, designed to bring together members with similar interests to organise events together and to foster collaborative research projects (Research Clusters). In 2021, we established a partnership with the journal The Social History of Alcohol and Drugs 

The majority of our members are academics – with historians and social scientists particularly well represented – but we are a proudly interdisciplinary and open network, and welcome members from any scholarly discipline. We also welcome independent scholars, postgraduates, individuals associated with non-academic institutions, beer bloggers, journalists, public health workers, publicans – indeed anybody with a serious interest in understanding the role played by alcohol in societies past and/or present.

If you would like to join the network, please email drinkingstudies@gmail.com

The DSN Committee

Dr Mark Hailwood is a Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History at the University of Bristol. He is the author of Alehouses and Good Fellowship in Early Modern England and co-Director of the Drinking Studies Network.

Dr Deborah Toner is an Associate Professor of History. She is the author of Alcohol and Nationhood in Nineteenth-Century Mexico, editor of Alcohol in the Age of Industry, Empire and War, and co-Director of the Drinking Studies Network.

Pam Lock is a Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Bristol. She works on alcohol in Victorian Fiction and Culture and her PhD thesis was entitled ‘The Habitual Drunkard in Victorian Fiction and Culture’ (2019). She is the Communications Officer and co-Director of the Drinking Studies Network.

Phil Mellows is a freelance journalist specialising in alcohol policy and the UK pub and brewing industries, and the author of The Politics of Drinking blog. He is joint social media officer of the Drinking Studies Network.

Claire Markham (claire.markham@ntu.ac.uk) is Lecturer in Sociology and Criminology at Nottingham Trent University and works on the representations and experiences of contemporary rural pubs in England. She is joint social media officer of the Drinking Studies Network.

Jodie McGarry is a PhD candidate at Glasgow Caledonian University working on a project which is exploring the experiences of young women who gamble and drink alcohol. She is the Web Officer for the Drinking Studies Network.

Header Image: Photograph of artwork “Hip, Hip, Hurrah!” (1888). Peder Severin Krøyer, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)